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January 18, 2019

Goodbye from the Tree House!

Hello Monarch Family:

Well, it’s hard to believe, but it is now the end of my last day of work at Los Angeles Valley College.  Thankfully, the rain disappeared today so that I could enjoy one last day of looking out at the campus from the Tree House.  I will definitely miss the “urban forest” outside my window, and I will actually miss seeing every single plane on approach to Burbank Airport, too.  Two and a half years in the double-wide trailer was definitely worth it for this amazing office.

I am very excited about starting this new professional chapter in my life, but as I have said in many venues since announcing my departure, I am going to miss the people I’ve worked with over the past four and a half years.  I so appreciate all of the kind cards and messages that I’ve received, and thank you to everyone who came by to visit yesterday morning.  The food was plentiful, the coffee was flowing, and many people signed the “Farewell” poster which will serve as a great reminder of why LAVC is such a special place.

Together, we have accomplished a great deal during my time here.  We have achieved full accreditation and have been deemed 100% compliant with all accreditation standards; we have balanced our budget all four years which resulted in having our remaining debt to the district waived; we have hired over a quarter of the faculty here today; we have built several buildings and began other building projects; we have maintained our “TreeCampus USA” designation; we have become an “All Steinway Piano” school; we are on the path to a fully-integrated Professional Development effort for all employee groups on campus; our students have won team championships and excelled individually in football, water polo, women’s basketball, and at the state and national levels in Speech and Debate; we have been recognized at the local, state, and national level for our Strengthening Working Families efforts and for the Family Resource Center; and, most importantly, we have had fun along the way.  I emphasize the “we” because everything I’ve listed – and I know there are many more accomplishments I could add to the list – was due to the amazing team of faculty, staff, administrators, and students at Los Angeles Valley College.  I played a part, but the real work was the energy and passion that each of you brought to the table every day. 

Dr. Denise Noldon will begin her tenure as Interim President on Monday, February 11th, and I am confident that you will be pleased with her leadership. She knows the LACCD, having served as the Interim President at LA Southwest College for over a year and a half. She is excited to come and work with all of you.  Until she arrives, Vice President Mike Lee will serve as Acting President.

So, for the last time, Y’ALL ROCK at “THE” Valley College.  It has been an honor to serve as your President, “La Reina.”  I am just an email away at eendrijonas@pasadena.edu, too!

Take care and thank you for being so awesome!

QOTTH ("Queen of the Tree House")

Erika A. Endrijonas, Ph.D.
President
Los Angeles Valley College
5800 Fulton Avenue
Valley Glen, CA  91401
(818) 947-2321
Email:  endrijea@lavc.edu
Twitter:  @LAVCPrez

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